MLS NEXT Pro Top 5 Rankings: Week 12

The inaugural season of MLS NEXT Pro has been packed with goals, drama, and excitement throughout 12 weeks.

Let's take a look at the teams that continued to light it up and made MLS NEXT Pro Top 5 rankings this week:

New England Revolution II took care of business at home last weekend when they defeated Orlando City B 2-1 last Saturday night.

of the net. Marcos Dias scored his third goal of the season in the 56th minute after receiving a pass from fellow Brazilian Ryan Lima.

After earning their seventh win of the season, Revs 2 sits firmly in second place in the Eastern Conference with 24 points.

Previous Ranking: Not ranked

Next Match: vs. RNY FC on Saturday, June 18

CITY2 continued their excellent play away from home after cruising past Chicago Fire II last Saturday by the score of 5-0.

City 2 and North Texas SC are the only teams in MLS NEXT Pro to remain undefeated on the road this season.

Five different players got on the board for CITY2 this weekend, including Josh Dolling, who scored his sixth goal of the campaign.

With the victory against Chicago Fire II, St Louis CITY2 is now unbeaten during their last five matches, helping them move into third place in the Western Conference with 24 points.

Previous Ranking: Not ranked

Next Match: at Sporting KC II on Saturday, June 17

Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez is not the only goalscorer teams facing Tacoma Defiance should fear, as Marlon Vargas broke through on the scoresheet for the fifth consecutive game last Saturday against Whitecaps FC 2.

Ultimately, Tacoma Defiance earned two valuable points on the road after tying in regulation and winning 4-2 in a Shootout. 

The result extends Tacoma Defiance's unbeaten streak to eight matches, catapulting them into second place in the Western Conference with 24 points.

Tacoma Defiance now leads MLS NEXT Pro in both goals scored with 31 and goal differential with +17.

Previous Ranking: 3

Next Match: vs. Colorado Rapids 2 on Saturday, June 18

North Texas SC earned their fourth consecutive victory last Saturday when they defeated Timbers2, 2-1, in the MLS NEXT Pro's Game of the Week.

José Mulato scored his third goal of the season, once again from outside the 18-yard box. Mulato continued to cause havoc, earning the foul that led to a penalty in the 19th minute. Bernard Kamungo successfully executed the penalty, giving him seven goals for the campaign.

North Texas SC has not lost since late April and continues to prove its pedigree each week, topping the Western Conference standings with 27 points. 

Previous Ranking: 1

Next Match: at Whitecaps FC 2 on Saturday, June 17

After stumbling against RNY FC a couple of weeks ago, Columbus Crew 2 has bounced back with consecutive victories, scoring nine goals in the process.

The latest outing saw Crew 2 explode for five goals against Inter Miami FC II, one of only two teams that have managed to defeat them this season.

Crew 2's Jacen Russell-Rowe scored yet again, bagging his first brace of the season and moving into the pole position of the MLS NEXT PRO Golden Boot race with nine goals.

With their latest victory, Columbus Crew 2 sits atop the Eastern Conference standings with 27 points.

Previous Ranking: 2

Next Match: Orlando City B on Saturday, June 17